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The new Kindle Fire's resolution will be 1280x800

The tech world has had tablet fever over the last few months with the release of Apple's new iPad, Microsoft's Surface tablet announcement, and Google's upcoming Nexus 7 tablet. Amazon's next-generation Kindle Fire will be another new addition to the tablet arena soon, and as that time nears, more and more details continue to leak.

AllThingsD has managed to get its hands on some new information regarding Amazon's successor to the original Kindle Fire, which was released last November. These changes include the resolution, the display's width-to-height ratio, and the weight.

The new Kindle Fire's resolution will be 1280x800, which is a 67 percent increase in total pixels from the original Fire's 1024x600 pixel resolution. This gives the new display a pixels per inch (PPI) of 216. Also, the pixel density is 29 percent greater in the newest version.

Despite the increase in resolution, the battery life won't take a huge hit. Analysts say it is nowhere near the iPad's jump from 1024x768 to 2048x1536, so the battery life should remain only mildly affected.

The new Kindle Fire will also be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and will even have a different display width-to-height ratio. The current aspect ratio of the original Kindle Fire is 1.71, which is a tall, Portrait mode display. The upcoming Kindle Fire has an aspect ratio of 1.60.

As previously reported, the new Kindle Fire will have a built-in camera and external volume controls.

Originally, many reports indicated a July release for the new Kindle Fire. However, AllThingsD said that a late Q3 2012 release is more likely.

In other Amazon-related news, the company is set to launch its own smartphone in November. Amazon is working with Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. to make the new device, and it is protecting itself with wireless technology patents that will keep predators like Apple away once it enters the smartphone arena. Amazon could use a smartphone of its own to further push its digital songs, books and movies as well as other Amazon-related services.

Source: All Things D

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RE: success
By TakinYourPoints on 7/10/2012 1:10:37 AM , Rating: 2
JB is dropping Flash support because Adobe is throwing in the towel on the mobile runtime. There is little reason for Flash on mobile given that mobile video is so prevalent without it. I have a hard time finding a site that doesn't support non-Flash video. Flash navigation for web pages also started going away way back in 2006. It is bad for touchscreens anyway given that so much of it depends on mouseovers, something that doesn't really work with touchs.

Supporting Flash was a supposed advantage of Android over iOS, but the fact of the matter is that Adobe could never get a runtime working that was better than an HTML5 video player or a native application. Performance and battery drain were always poorer in comparison. In the end they gave up, even though they had a second life on mobile thanks to Android. Adobe just couldn't get it going, which either means that it was an impossible task or that their engineers are incompetent.

In the end it is a feature that doesn't matter now and it continues to matter less going forward. Try running a Flash blocker on your desktop some time, its surprising how little it is actually needed.

RE: success
By zephyrprime on 7/12/2012 2:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing that it's because their engineers are incomepentant. Adobe software has always been very slow and resource intensive. Even on desktop.

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